The attention of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, has been drawn to a statement credited to Super Eagles Captain, Mikel Obi.
Obi,said the comment made by Gernot Rohr before Saturday’s three goals to one win over Algeria was mistranslated and taken out of context by the Nigerian media, as English is not Rohr’s or much of the Nigeria media’s first language.
According to SWAN, Mikel Obi’s uncomplimentary comments are really uncalled for and should not have been, in view of the Nigerian media’s contributions to his career and the country’s football as a whole.
The association had in a communiqué issued at the end of its convention in Ilorin in September, urged all Nigerians to see the country’s qualification for Russia Twenty- eighteen World Cup as a national project.
To this end, SWAN, has urged its members to disregard Mikel’s comments and continue to play their crucial role of promoting the country’s football with all necessary zeal and patriotism.
The collective responsibility being propagated by SWAN is already playing out, with the unprecedented cooperation among critical stakeholders towards the cause, which has resulted to the Super Eagles leading their group after victories over Zambia and Algeria in Ndola and Uyo respectively.